February 2016 Table of Contents

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Keepers of the Flame
Meet the young pros upholding classic modern dance traditions.

Small but Mighty
Not sure you're a big-city dancer? Here are 12 regional companies you should consider.

Are You Ready to Go Pro?
Frank advice to help you decide if it's time to jump into a dance career.

Auditions Guide 2016
Essential info on more than 150 top-tier auditions.

Unions 101
What you need to know about the dance world's worker organizations.

Dance Spirit's Valentine's Day Special
Feast your eyes on some of the dreamiest—and most talented—men in dance. You're welcome.

Up Front: Buzz
New York City Ballet's Gretchen Smith talks Justin Peck's new ballet; Project Resilience's mission to support dancers in need.

Up Front: The Dirt
Alonzo King LINES Ballet's Kara Wilkes.

Letter to My Teenage Self
Choreographer Lauren Adams.

Dear Katie
Kathryn Morgan answers your pressing dance questions.

Choreographer's Collage
Rising star Al Blackstone shares his inspirations.

Body Buzz
The aches and pains you should never ignore; a love letter to dark chocolate.

Fashion
Stand out from the audition crowd with statement-making looks.

Spotlight: Modern
What it's like to perform in an immersive show.

College Corner
Three reasons you should consider community college.

You Should Know
Commercial cutie Soni Bringas.

It's a Ziegler Zamboni! (screenshot via YouTube)

Everyone loves the multitalented Maddie and Mackenzie Ziegler. Everyone loves Olympic figure skater (and pop-culture icon) Adam Rippon. Everyone loves when dancers ice-skate, and vice versa. So what could possibly be more lovable than the latest episode of the YouTube show "Break the Ice with Adam Rippon," in which Rippon teaches the sisters Ziegler to skate? (Nothing. NOTHING is more lovable than this freakishly cute video.)

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Just for Fun
Three of our Insta faves (Jenna Johnson Chmerkovskiy, Robert Roldan, and Gaby Diaz) in one photo!

It's safe to say that we're obsessed with the "So You Think You Can Dance" All Stars. Over the past few seasons, we've loved seeing them up on that "SYT" stage, guiding each new batch of contestants. Unsurprisingly, many of the All Stars are as charismatic online as they are onscreen. While we wait to hear which All Stars will be involved in Season 16, here are six from years past that you should totally be following on Insta.

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Just for Fun
Sage Humphries rehearsing "White" (Brooke Trisolini, courtesy Boston Ballet)

It's been an eventful few months for Sage Humphries, to say the least. Last November, the Boston Ballet company member made her (very well-received) choreographic debut with a piece called YOU, part of the company's BB@home: ChoreograpHER program. Just one week later, Humphries sustained an injury that kept her offstage for a couple of months. But she didn't have much downtime: Artistic director Mikko Nissinen soon asked Humphries to make a piece for Boston Ballet's first-ever appearance at Boston Calling Music Festival. Now that Humphries is back in the studio, Dance Spirit caught up with her to talk about making ballet rock, working with her composer brother, and what it's like to see her name next to William Forsythe's.

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